Elliot Hirshman appointed new President of Stevenson University

The Stevenson University Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Elliot Hirshman, Ph.D., will be the University’s sixth president, effective July 1, 2017. He succeeds Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D., Stevenson’s fourth president, who served from 2000-2016, and Claire E. Moore who has served as Stevenson’s Interim President since December 2016.

Hirshman joins the University after serving as president of San Diego State University (SDSU) since 2011. Under President Hirshman’s leadership, SDSU implemented an integrated budget and financial strategy; raised more than $755 million in private philanthropy for scholarships and new initiatives and programs; and established and endowed its Honors College. SDSU is recognized nationally for increasing student retention and graduation rates – rates that are equal across ethnic and racial groups. Hirshman is currently a member of the NCAA Board of Directors and former chairman of the Mountain West Conference Board.

“The Board of Trustees is confident that Dr. Hirshman is the right leader to continue the remarkable transformation and growth of Stevenson University and to take the institution to the next level,” says James B. Stradtner, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “After an intensive search process that began last summer with more than 200 individuals interested in the position, the search committee unanimously recommended to the Board that Hirshman serve as our next president. He is committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds achieve excellence and go on to personal and professional success.”

“I am honored to join Stevenson University’s dynamic community,” said Hirshman. “Stevenson’s unique integration of career preparation and the traditional liberal arts reflects the best traditions of American higher education while envisioning a future that serves our students and our communities. The University’s core values of community, learning, integrity, and excellence were evident in every aspect of the recruitment process. I am excited to work collaboratively with our diverse community to support these values.”

“First and foremost, Elliot is focused on student academic achievement and success and has high expectations for providing a first-rate educational experience,” said Timothy P. White, Chancellor of the California State University system. “He is a champion of diversity because of his many experiences in higher education and he believes that it enriches the learning environment. And he is, far and away, the most successful fundraiser we’ve had at SDSU because of his talent for aligning people’s passions with areas where we want to provide excellence on campus, such as matching the right donor to a student scholarship. He really has a remarkable track record in California.”

Prior to Hirshman’s appointment at SDSU, he served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

“Elliot is one of the nation’s most impressive thought leaders in education,” said Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, President of UMBC. “He has broad experience in all types of institutions, and he commands the respect of leaders throughout the United States. Most important, he cares deeply about students and understands the important role that institutions play in developing their skills and preparing them for productive careers. When he was at UMBC, he showed us just how talented he is. If I had to use one word to describe him, it would be ‘amazing.’ Baltimore is fortunate to have him returning to us, and we are very happy for Stevenson.”

Hirshman also has been chief research officer at the George Washington University and chaired the Department of Psychology there and at the University of Colorado at Denver. He began his academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hirshman earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics and mathematics from Yale and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from UCLA. He has been married to Jeri Hirshman for nearly 28 years. Jeri is a registered nurse who enjoys participating in local and national film festivals. Their daughter, Wendy, graduated from Muhlenberg College and is now married and living in Northern Virginia. Their son, Nathan, is a student at the Duke University School of Medicine.

Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,100 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.

Read more about Elliot Hirshman and a history of Stevenson University here.

Source: Stevenson University

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